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Archive for: September 2014

Morris lifts Piedmont to 8-4 win over Deer Creek

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Piedmont shortstop Madi Morris makes a throw to second base Tuesday night in the Wildcats’ 8-4 win over Deer Creek.

Blake Colston

Piedmont’s first win over rival Deer Creek this season was a rout.  And while Tuesday’s victory didn’t come as easily, it might’ve meant more to the Wildcats.

Madi Morris’ three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning helped seal Piedmont’s 8-4 win over the Antlers and ultimately sent the collective Deer Creek side into a frenzy that ended with two ejections.

It didn’t change the outcome, though. Piedmont (10-7, 4-0) completed a season sweep of Deer Creek and grabbed firm control of first place in the district standings.

“They would score a run or two and then we’d respond with a run or two,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said. “Then Madi Morris’ hit at the end there was huge. It was a game-changer.”

Morris’ timely, and eventually highly contested home run that just cleared the left field fence, broke open a game that Piedmont never trailed in, but Deer Creek was never out of.

After Piedmont took a 1-0 lead on a bases loaded walk to Logan Simunek in the first inning, Sagely McAdoo and Kassidy Scott followed with a pair of two-out, RBI-doubles to stake Piedmont to a 3-0 lead after two innings.

But Deer Creek pulled within a run in the fourth on the strength of a pair of unearned runs. The score remained 3-2 into the fifth, when Jourdan Edwards and Cassidy Ray both drove in runs to pad the Wildcats’ lead to 5-2.

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Skiatook drops Piedmont in opener, 34-3

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Piedmont defenders try to bring down Skiatook punt returner Stephen Upton Friday night.

Blake Colston

Skiatook running back Kyle McLaughlin ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns Friday night at Wildcat Field to lead the Bulldogs to a 34-3 season opening win over Piedmont, in the Wildcats’ Class 5A debut.

McLaughlin, who eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark a season ago, scored on runs of 61, 29 and 14 yards Friday night as part of a 341-yard rushing performance from Skiatook. His 61-yard scamper answered Piedmont’s only score of the night, a 28-yard field goal from Butch Hampton that had cut Skiatook’s lead to 7-3 with 7:49 to play in the third quarter.

“Credit to that kid and that team,” Piedmont head coach Drew Gossen said of Skiatook and McLaughlin. “They play well, they play hard and that kid did a great job of sitting right behind his blockers and following them into the hole.” Read more →

Piedmont guts out win over Edmond North

Blake Colston

NORMAN — Kassidy Scott’s ankle wasn’t 100 percent, Brittany White’s pride was hurt and Madison Giggers didn’t even play, but none of that mattered Thursday.

Scott turned in a gritty performance in the circle, White delivered the game-winning RBI-double off the bench and Piedmont (9-6) beat Edmond North 2-1 at Reeves Park in the opening game of the University of Oklahoma tournament.

“The whole team fought hard today,” Piedmont head coach Rick Scott said. “Against Edmond North who’s one of the powerhouse teams in the state, that was good to see. I’ve got a great group of girls.”

With the International Tiebreaker Rule in affect in the seventh, a rule that places a runner at second to begin an inning, in the seventh inning of a one-run game, White came to the plate with Kaity Copeland at third and hammered a 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Copeland.

“Brittany came through with an outstanding hit,” Scott said.

Scott, who played White in center field, but didn’t bat her until the pinch-hit in the seventh, admitted that White was frustrated about not getting a chance to hit.

“I told her, though, that there was going to be a time she was going to have to come through for us, I said just be patient,” he said. “She bought into it, sacrificed for the team and came in and got the winning hit, so good for her.”
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Former Piedmont mayor recovering after car falls on him

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Former Piedmont Mayor George Fina poses in front of his 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Friday afternoon, showing the torso brace he recently got to take off after his accident.

By Matt Montgomery

When the 1964 Chevrolet Impala fell off its 10-inch blocks, trapping former Piedmont Mayor George Fina under it, Fina, a confirmed and diligent Italian Catholic, said these words out loud, “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.”

Fina said the Act of Contrition out loud when the car fell on him, because he thought that moment was going to be his last moment alive. But, thanks to fast response times from the Piedmont fire department and EMSA responders, Fina is alive and recovering from his injuries. He is still rehabbing at Mercy Hospital and recovering from this traumatic event, but he was able to take his torso brace off recently.

When the Impala, which weighs about 3,500 pounds, fell on Fina, it crushed eight of his ribs and fractured a vertebra. He spent five days in the trauma ward at OU Medical Center, then subsequently went to Mercy Hospital for rehabbing. Fina spent seven days at Mercy. Read more →

City hires new police chief

Scott Singer

By Matt Montgomery

The City of Piedmont made it official Tuesday: There’s a new police chief in town.

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby, along with several hiring committees, chose Scott Singer, most recently Moore police department, as the new Piedmont chief of police.

Crosby said he looks forward to implementing Singer to the Force and looks forward to a long tenure with the new police chief.

“We are very pleased to have Scott with us,” Crosby said. “We went through several interviews before he was hired. We had three different committees interview him with a number of different people involved. We look forward to him starting to work for our community. We hope his tenure will be very long.” Read more →

Hampton gives Piedmont a leg up

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Piedmont kicker and punter Butch Hampton boots a ball at the Mustang Preview last Thursday.

Blake Colston

It’s safe to say that Piedmont has at least one secret weapon at its disposal this season.

Placekicker, punter and kickoff man, Butch Hampton, now a junior, likely isn’t as much of a secret as he used to be actually, but he’s every bit the weapon.

Hampton converted on 44 of his 45 extra-point attempts last season and hit a career-long 44-yard field goal as a sophomore. But the stats only tell some of the story of why Hampton is such a weapon.

“Weapon is the right word,” head coach Drew Gossen said. “As a punter, as a kickoff guy and as a field goal kicker, he’s the triple threat. He can do it all, and he can do it all well. That’s a huge advantage.”

Last summer, Chris Sailer, perhaps the top placekicking guru in the country, named Hampton the top kicker in the class of 2016.

Sailer, who was an All-American kicker at UCLA in the 90s and played professionally in the Arena Football League, has developed his kicking school into the nation’s premier prep kicking academy. Read more →

‘Cats 5A debut set for Friday vs. Skiatook

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Hunter Chism and Piedmont open the season Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Skiatook.

Blake Colston

Every season opener brings excitement, but for Piedmont, this year’s season opener might bring just a little more.

“The Wildcats will make their home debut on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Stout Field, but more notably they’ll do so as a Class 5A team for the first time in program history.

“That’s a big deal,” first-year head coach Drew Gossen said of the milestone. “But I think our kids are going to take it in stride. It’s just another game against a good team.”

As one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, it might be fair to question whether or not the district is growing too fast for the football program to keep up. This season, Piedmont enters a district with perennial 5A powers Guthrie, Deer Creek and Carl Albert. All three of which have enrollments of more than 1,000, while Piedmont sits at 746.

“It’s a big step up for us and we’ll see how we handle it,” Piedmont safety and receiver Hunter Chism said. “Our coaches have done a great job preparing us for it with our preseason schedule.” Read more →

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